Rose Gardens redux: New low-income senior apartment complex opens across the street from original location

Residents of the 43-year old Rose Gardens senior apartments in North Las Vegas began relocating to their new homes last month at the brand new Rose Gardens community located across the street.

Though the new complex will maintain the name of its predecessor, the similarities end there.

Residents of the recently completed Rose Gardens won’t need to worry about the persistent plumbing issues or air conditioning malfunctions that plagued the old complex. Instead, they’ll be able to enjoy larger apartment units that include energy-efficient appliances and a private balcony, or spend time at one of the various community spaces, like the fitness areas, music and billiards room, or outdoor patios.

Additional amenities include a dog park, library, computer lab with free high-speed internet, and on-site resident services.

The project, a partnership between affordable housing developer Nevada HAND and the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority (SNRHA), was the first to include permanent resident relocation to a new facility in the region. Moving services for the residents were coordinated through Nevada HAND and SNRHA.

The new 120-unit complex cost approximately $20 million to complete and was facilitated through the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which allows housing authorities to form public-private partnerships and borrow private money to repair and rebuild public housing.

The project is part the city of North Las Vegas’s Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI), which aims to improve the surrounding neighborhood. In 2013, Southern Nevada Strong (SNS) helped the city apply for and receive the Housing & Urban Development (HUD) CNI planning grant that led to a re-envisioning of the neighborhood around downtown North Las Vegas. The redevelopment of Rose Garden was a key component of the plan.

A grand-opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting, which featured remarks from local elected officials and dignitaries, was held in late January at the new property.

Rose Gardens is an income and age-restricted property serving low-income seniors over the age of 55.

Ensuring diverse housing types for all preferences and income levels in Southern Nevada is a critical component of the complete communities envisioned in the SNS regional plan. The plan includes strategies and recommendations for ensuring an adequate supply of housing with a range of price, density, ownership and building types.